Baby Doc Duvalier Charged

Via the BBC:  Haiti charges ex-leader Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier

Haiti’s former leader Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has been charged with corruption and embezzlement during his 1971-1986 rule, prosecutors say.


Mr Duvalier was just 19 when he inherited the title of "president-for-life" from his father, the notorious Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, who had ruled Haiti since 1957.

Like his father, he relied on a brutal private militia known as the Tontons Macoutes, which controlled Haiti through violence and intimidation.

One wonders why he returned (his explanation was that he wanted to “help”).

He should have made note of the experience of returning exile Alberto Fujimori, who thought he was returning to Peru to be welcomed back into politics and is instead serving multiple jail terms in association with his time as president.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter